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6 killed in train accident on bridge in Denmark

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Image: A train on the Storebaelt bridge near Nyborg, Denmark
A train on the Storebaelt bridge near Nyborg, Denmark, after an accident on Wednesday. -
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Michael Bager
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Six people were killed in a train accident on a bridge in Denmark on Wednesday, according to operator DSB.

Danish media reported that a tarpaulin on a freight train hit a passenger train going in the opposite direction, prompting it to brake suddenly. The passenger train had departed from the city of Odense.

Damaged cargo compartments of a train near Nyborg, Denmark, on Wednesday.
Damaged cargo compartments of a train near Nyborg, Denmark, on Wednesday.Michael Bager

The Storebaelt bridge is part of a system of bridges and a tunnel linking the the central islands of Zealand and Funen.

A severe storm made it difficult for emergency services to reach the scene, authorities said.

Denmark's TV2 showed images of a freight train the tarpaulin that covered the train torn in pieces.

Police would not immediately confirm the number of fatalities, only saying several people were killed.